To me, a global citizen is someone who, first of all, is aware of their local roots, their culture, their history. In other words, someone who has local roots. But on a second level, they are someone who has a critical view of their own culture and who, as a result, doesn’t idealize it. They know it is one of many, and they know that their own culture has strengths and weaknesses. On a third level, they are also someone open to other cultures, who gets in touch with them, knowing that they are part of a higher body we call humanity. Finally, on a fourth level, they know how to enrich themselves by interacting with others, and they can enrich others with their culture. As Christians, through the Gospel we see the advantages tied to this critical vision of our own cultures as a way of generating social transformation, without being ignorant of the richness of our roots. So, global citizens are those who, while recognizing their roots and considering themselves part of humanity, are open to the contributions of other cultures, with the hope of working with others to build a better humanity.
--Fr. Sosa, JESEDU-Rio2017
Arrupe Immersion programs give USF students the chance to live in, work in, and learn from economically marginalized communities. These not-for-credit trips, both domestic and international, uphold the Ignatian principles of “observe, reflect, analyze, act.” The aim is to deepen students’ connections to the poor—and to promote the common good. Scholarships are available based on financial need. Spaces are limited.
The 2020 Arrupe Immersions focus on the following areas:
- SPORTS SERVING COMMUNITIES.
- MIGRATION, BORDERS AND TRANSNATIONAL COMMUNITIES.
- A WORLD OF HOPE FOR STREET CHILDREN.
- MIGRATION AND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE.
- COAL MINING AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE.
- PEACE PROCESS AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION. This Immersion is only available for the Arrupe Observatory members and Prof. Brian Dowd-Uribe class. If interested please contact Maria Autrey.
Arrupe Academic Immersions.
If you are interested in Academic Immersions that have a social justice focus, look for the Arrupe Justice Immersions (for credit). These immersion programs educate for solidarity within a globalized world and to experience the "nitty-gritty reality of that world" by combining academic, experiential, and reflective experiences that are based on the Jesuit ideal of observing, reflecting, analyzing, and acting (The Circle of Praxis).